Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” broadcast when he collapsed. He was rushed to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, where resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
Of course I never knew him, but watching Meet the Press each week, it felt like I did in some small way. He was always a great voice of moderation and never afraid to ask tough questions to Republicans and Democrats alike. Whenever a politician made a speech or some vote was taken in Congress or an action decided by the president, I waited until I heard Russert’s take before I made my final judgement. I didn’t always agree with him, but he just seemed to have his finger on the pulse of what was going on in the political scene.
Who could forget Tim Russert and his white erase board during the 2000 presidential election, calculating the different ways that Gore or Bush could still win? You could tell he enjoyed his job. This year’s presidential campaign will definitely lose it’s shine. Each Sunday, he ended ‘Meet the Press’ with his tagline, ‘If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Press.”‘ It won’t feel quite like ‘Meet the Press’ anymore.
That is small compared to what his family are feeling. He wrote a book about his own father, whom he idolised. My thoughts and prayers go out to Russert’s family, especially as tomorrow’s Father’s Day.
HT: Kevin at Deeply Committed
Also: Fleming Rutledge at Ruminations